Portrait of Amanda Olson
Experience: Dr. Olson has worked as an educator since she was a teenager - first discovering her love for teaching as a ski instructor at Hyland Hills in Bloomington, MN. As a self-described "optimistic extrovert," she has blended her love of communication with her talents in the classroom to help students build strong skills in relationships, find confidence in front of an audience, and advocate for their needs and interests in a variety of settings.
Teaching Approach: "I know that students learn best when they are able to engage with course concepts in ways that match their learning style, and are presented with reasonable challenges and the tools, skills, and support to succeed. I teach with compassion, flexibility, and a positive attitude to help all students build strong communication skills and move forward with their educational goals."
Education: BA in Communication from University of Minnesota, Duluth; MA in Rhetoric from Kansas State University; PhD in Communication Theory from Ohio University
Notable Achievements: 2017 MN State Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator; 2018 Century College LGBTQIA Center PRIDE Award
Hobbies: Running, knitting, camping, spending time with family
Amanda Olson
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Gerald Olson
Plant Maintenance Engineer
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Brandy Opse
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Portrait of Joann Pfeiffer
Experience: Dr. Pfeiffer has been teaching chemistry since 1996. She taught 3 years at the University of Wyoming, 5 years at Hamline University, and has been at Century College since Fall 2004. In addition to teaching, she is Century's site coordinator for the North Star STEM Alliance, funded by the National Science Foundation and 3M. The goal of this program is to increase underrepresented student success in obtaining bachelor degrees by providing them with professional development opportunities, introducing them to research and career opportunities in STEM, and helping them transfer to a four-year schools. Dr. Pfeiffer has also been active in the MN Section of the American Chemical Society since 1999, serving in many roles, such as Chair, Secretary, External Communications Committee Chair, and National Chemistry Week Coordinator.
Teaching Approach: "I believe students should actively learn during class time. About half the classes consist of my short lectures, followed by problems the students work out individually or in groups. The other half of the classes students work in small groups, where they are presented with data or information to interpret, then are asked questions designed to guide them toward formulation of their own valid conclusions. Through this method, students construct their own understanding of the material while developing skills such as information processing, communication, critical reading and thinking, and problem solving."
Education: PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA, Chemistry, College of St Benedict
Notable Achievements: Phi Theta Kappa Golden Apple Award, 2009, 2015; Outstanding Faculty at Century College, 2010; MN Section of the American Chemical Society Volunteer of the Year Award, 2007
Hobbies: Aerobics instructor, birdwatching, MN Master Naturalist
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